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Government to launch eye test at the school level


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2023 Feb 16, 13:23, Kathmandu
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The government will launch an eye test at the school level. Students will annually get an eye examination at their respective schools, according to the National Eye Health Strategy (2079-2086 BS) published here by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP).

The strategy aims to expand eye care service to the community level by integrating it as the main health service and making it more quality, said the Ministry's joint spokesperson Dr. Samir Kumar Adhikari, adding that the strategy has been approved and implemented.

Eye health service will be incorporated into the school's health service, and an eye test conducted at schools every year, states the strategy. Under the strategy, programs will be launched targeting people with low vision and blind people, and a regular eye test for senior citizens organized.

Similarly, awareness programs relating to eye care, its regular test and treatment, and eye donation at the health section at local levels will be launched.

The government will facilitate this by providing required training on primary eye service to health workers working for health institutions at the local level.

Similarly, quotas of optometrists will be created and eye-related equipment made available at basic hospitals having 25 to 50 beds. For specialist eye service, required quotas will be created at the health institutions having 100 and above beds.

The policy, planning, and monitoring division under the MoHP will be designated as the national liaison after forming a high-level eye health committee. The government will gradually increase investment in eye health services, and health insurance will cover specialist eye services.

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